The goalposts have moved again in regards to COVID restrictions.
Less than 24 hours after Tallangatta league clubs had voted on Tuesday night to resume the season on Saturday, the government announced the further easing of restrictions yesterday.
In a surprise announcement a crowd cap of 1000 is applicable to regional community sport.
It is in stark contrast to the announcement earlier this week that only the minimum number of volunteers to run a match were allowed to attend.
League president Rex Gray was relieved that the competition was getting back to normal after a three week layoff.
"They say a week is a long time in football," Gray said.
"Well I reckon 24 hours is a long time in the COVID environment.
"On Tuesday it was only volunteers alongside parents and guardians that were allowed to attend matches.
"Now on Wednesday we can have 1000 at a game.
"I'm not complaining though and hopefully things can return to normal and stay that way for the remainder of the season."
Tyson Smith was one of several coaches who was critical of the league for not playing last week.
However, the Hoppers' coach applauded the league for deciding to forge ahead on Tuesday night when the restrictions were a lot more stringent.
"Credit to the league, they listened to what the clubs wanted at the meeting on Tuesday night and that was to get back playing this week," Smith said.
"They were willing to adapt as opposed to waiting.
"Clubs knew they were playing this week regardless and gives everyone time to prepare and the boys can't wait to get back into it."
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